Thursday, October 13, 2005

Bush teleconference with troops tightly scripted

What is news about this is not that it happened, Bush has rarely taken "real" questions, and his press conferences are so scripted that once he accidentally answered a question before the reporter asked, and a couple of weeks ago he kept calling on a reporter who wasn't even there, probably because she had been prepped with a friendly question.

What is news is that it was covered--including the rehearsal. Let's hope this is part of trend of pulling back the curtain on the propaganda machine that has to work full tilt to make Bush look even minimally competent and engaged.


Yahoo! News

Bush Teleconference With Soldiers Staged

By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WriterThu Oct 13, 4:35 PM ET

"OK, so let's just walk through this," Barber said. "Captain Kennedy, you answer the first question and you hand the mike to whom?"

"Captain Smith," Kennedy said.

"Captain. Smith? You take the mike and you hand it to whom?" she asked.

"Captain Kennedy," the soldier replied.

And so it went.

"If the question comes up about partnering — how often do we train with the Iraqi military — who does he go to?" Barber asked.

"That's going to go to Captain Pratt," one of the soldiers said.

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